SNIPS – News For Scotland – 15th January

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NEWS FOR SCOTLAND & CLUB NEWS (GB2RS) Extracts inc Additions

AGM & TALK

Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday. This will be followed by a club meeting at which magloop controller construction and operation will be discussed. Invernessradiosociety@gmail.com

FURTHER ADVENTURES AT VHF & UHF

Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society will be meeting on Thursday to enjoy a talk by Tim, GW4VXE entitled Further Adventures at VHF and UHF. Fred, GM3ALZ, 01975 651 36

TRAINING (GB2RS – 15th January Extract)

“…… The Online Amateur Radio Community provides amateur radio licence training via Zoom. The next Intermediate course is due to commence during the first week of February. The course, which costs £5 to join, will run for eight weeks. The next Full licence training course will start on Wednesday the 17th of April and run for nine weeks. The fee for the Full course is also £5. For further information please visit www.oarc.uk …………”

OTHER CLUB NETS AND MEETINGS

Details of club activities can usually be found on the individual club’s website. A summary of activities, Nets, Contacts and Links in Scotland can also be found at wosars.club/radio-nets

To have your net listed on the WoSARS website or to report any changes, contact Tony, MM0TMZ by email to rr1@rsgb.org.uk. Please also keep GB2RS updated via email to radcom@rsgb.org.uk

SUNDAY

Dundee Amateur Radio Club will be holding open nets on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm on GB3AG. The next Club Meeting will be on the 17th of January. Martin, 2M0KAU, 07763 708 933

Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club holds a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz using SSB, later moving to around 3.540MHz at 2.30pm for a CW net. Also on Sunday, the club will have a quiz night on 145.475MHz. Check-in for the quiz is from 7.45pm for an 8pm start. On Monday there will be a question-and-answer night on Zoom at 7.30pm. The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday the 24th of January. Alternate Tuesdays see a natter night on Zoom at 7.30pm. klarcinfo@gmail.com

Kingdom Amateur Radio Society has nets on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 7pm on 144.750MHz. Steve, MM0SKX, 0771 105 9343

The Lomond Sunday Night net takes place today. Early check-in is from 7.45pm. All the usual ways to join in are available, via Echolink MB7IBH-L and on 145.3375MHz locally across the Clyde Coast. Paul MM3DDQ mm3ddq@gmail.com

Stirling Amateur Radio Society meets at the Club House, Throsk, FK7 7XY, and is open for projects and operating on Sundays. They also meet at 7.30pm on Thursdays.  secretary@gm6nx.com

The Viking Amateur Radio Net runs on Sundays from 6pm on 3.660 or 3.639MHz. Details are on their Facebook page.

MONDAY

Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Society has a net on Monday at 8pm on 433.525MHz. Norman, GM1CNH, 0774 094 6192

DV Scotland has a multi-mode net on Monday from 8pm to 9.30pm using GM5DVS. This is via all DV Scotland Repeaters on Talk Group 23556. Time Slot 2. In addition, via Allstar HUB 53937 and Echolink MM1CXE. Details of how to connect are at dvscotland.net

Ham Radio Network has a talk on the theme of An Evening with ???? … on Monday. See hrn.world

Paisley Amateur Radio Club holds a net on Mondays from 8pm on 144.550MHz and on Zello. Tuesday sees a DMR net in room 4415 from 8pm. On Thursday, there is an FM net on 144.550MHz and on Zello from 7.30pm. Stuart, MM0PAZ, 0742 665 0757.

TUESDAY

Glenrothes and District Radio Club has Morse tuition on 145.425MHz FM from 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Check-in is from 7.15pm. There will be a break in the sessions over the festive period after the 13th of December. They will resume on the 24th of January 2023. Eric, GM4FQE, 01 333 450 753

Largs & District Amateur Radio Club meets on the Third Tuesday of every month in The Largs Museum, 2 Manse Court, Largs. All are welcome. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 17th of January. James, GM0GMN james@bertram.scot

Livingston & District Amateur Radio Society has a club night at Crofthead on Tuesday from 7.30pm. On Thursday there is a net on 145.575MHz at 7.30pm. Cathie, 2M0DIB, 01506 433 846.

Moray Firth Amateur Radio Society meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7.15pm at the Elgin Reserve Centre. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 17th of January. www.mfars.club

WEDNESDAY

Caithness Amateur Radio Society has club nets at 2pm on Wednesday and Saturday on 3.740MHz. Club meetings happen in Skirza, near John O’Groats. Nigel, MM7BWT, Mansfield.n27@gmail.com

Galashiels and District Amateur Radio Society meets in the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place, Galashiels at 8pm on Wednesday. Jim Keddie, mail@gm7lun.co.uk

Lothians Radio Society has its Viral Net on 144.350MHz USB at 8pm. Andy Sinclair, MM0FMF, secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com

Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a ragchew on talk group 23550 from 8pm to 10pm on Wednesday. On Thursday there is a net on 70.425MHz from 8pm. Friday sees the club meeting at Newarthill Community Education Centre, Newarthill, ML1 5JU from 7pm.  Simon,  2M0LSG,Secretary@mlars.co.uk.

THURSDAY

Lomond Radio Club has a break in meetings over the festive season. Following the break, meetings will resume on Thursday evenings in the club rooms at the John Connolly Centre in Renton at 7.30pm. Simon, MM0XME, mm0xme@outlook.com

The Online Radio Club has a virtual radio club night at 7.30pm every Thursday via Zoom. It is suitable for all radio enthusiasts regardless of individual skill level. Go to the website for the meeting link. onlineradioclub.org.

FRIDAY

Ayr Amateur Radio Group meets on alternate Fridays at Prestwick Community Centre from 7.30pm.  On alternate Fridays there is a Zoom natter. Derek, MM0OVD, 0742 899 4614

Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club usually meets on the first Friday of the month for a club night in the lounge bar of the Thorntree Inn. The next club night will be held on the 3rd of February. Bob, GM4UYZ, 01875 811723, www.cpsarc.com

Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society. Meetings will resume on the 6th of January 2023. Simon, 2M0LSG, Secretary@mlars.co.uk

Strathclyde Park Amateur Radio Club has a net from 7.30pm on 145.400MHz, and in addition on the BATC channel from 8pm. Bill, MM0SFB, gm0syv@btinternet.com

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society will have its usual Solder Group meeting from 6pm on Wednesday. The club will be meeting at 8pm on Friday at its Rose Street club rooms. Checkout wosars.club/calendar  for further information.

Snips – News For Scotland – 20th November

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NEWS FOR SCOTLAND & CLUB NEWS (GB2RS) Extracts inc Additions

MAGLOOP ANTENNA CONTROLLERS

Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society has club a meeting on Wednesday. The discussion topic will be construction and operation of magloop antenna controllers. Invernessradiosociety@gmail.com

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN DIAGNOSTICS

On Wednesday Lothians Radio Society will have a presentation by Ed Bain, GM4AIS entitled Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostics. This will take place at Braid Hills Hotel, 134 Braid Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6JD. Andy Sinclair, MM0FMF, secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com

EQUIPMENT SURGERY

Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society has an equipment surgery and operating workshop on Thursday. Fred, GM3ALZ, 01975 651 365.

CONSTRUCTION COMPETITION

And this coming Wednesday the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society will have its usual Solder Group meeting from 6pm at the Sauchiehall Street premises. On Friday, 8pm, Rose Street Club Rooms, after a two year lay-off due to Covid, the Club will be running its annual Construction Competition. Checkout wosars.club for further details.

OTHER CLUB NETS AND MEETINGS

Details of club activities can usually be found on the individual club’s website. A summary of activities, Nets, Contacts and Links in Scotland can also be found at wosars.club/radio-nets

To have your net listed on the WoSARS website or to report any changes, contact Tony, MM0TMZ by email to rr1@rsgb.org.uk. Please also keep GB2RS updated via email to radcom@rsgb.org.uk

SUNDAY

Dundee Amateur Radio Club holds open nets on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm on GB3AG. The next club night is on Tuesday the 8th of November. Martin, 2M0KAU, 0776 370 8933.

Kingdom Amateur Radio Society has nets on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 7pm on 144.750MHz. Steve, MM0SKX, 0771 105 9343.

Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club holds a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz SSB, later moving to around 3.540MHz at 2.30pm for a CW net. There is a Q & A night via Zoom at 7.30pm on Monday. Club Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 8th of November. Alternate Tuesdays see a natter on Zoom at 7.30pm. klarcinfo@gmail.co

The Lomond Sunday Night net takes place today. Early check-in is from 7.45pm. All the usual ways to join in are available, via Echolink MB7IBH-L and on 145.3375MHz locally across the Clyde Coast. Paul MM3DDQ mm3ddq@gmail.com

Stirling Amateur Radio Society meets at the Club House, Throsk, FK7 7XY, and is open for projects and operating on Sundays. They also meet at 7.30pm on Thursdays.  secretary@gm6nx.com

The Viking Amateur Radio Net runs on Sundays from 6pm on 3.660 or 3.639MHz. Details are on their Facebook page.

MONDAY

Ham Radio Network has a talk on the theme of An Evening with ???? … on Monday. See hrn.world

DV Scotland has a multi-mode net on Monday from 8pm to 9.30pm using GM5DVS. This is via all DV Scotland Repeaters on Talk Group 23556. Time Slot 2. In addition, via Allstar HUB 53937 and Echolink MM1CXE. Details of how to connect are at dvscotland.net

Paisley Amateur Radio Club holds a net on Mondays from 8pm on 144.550MHz and on Zello. Tuesday sees a DMR net in room 4415 from 8pm. On Thursday, there is an FM net on 144.550MHz and on Zello from 7.30pm. Stuart, MM0PAZ, 0742 665 0757.

TUESDAY

Moray Firth Amateur Radio Society meets on the First and Third Tuesday of the month at the Armed Forces Reserve Centre in Elgin from 7.15pm. www.mfars.club.

Largs & District Amateur Radio Club meets on the Third Tuesday of every month in The Largs Museum, 2 Manse Court, Largs. All are welcome. Check for specific dates from James, GM0GMN james@bertram.scot

Livingston & District Amateur Radio Society has a club night at Crofthead on Tuesday from 7.30pm. On Thursday there is a net on 145.575MHz at 7.30pm. Cathie, 2M0DIB, 01506 433 846.

WEDNESDAY

Caithness Amateur Radio Society has club nets at 2pm on Wednesday and Saturday on 3.740MHz. Club meetings happen in Skirza, near John O’Groats. Nigel, MM7BWT, Mansfield.n27@gmail.com

Galashiels and District Amateur Radio Society meets in the Focus Centre, Livingstone Place, Galashiels at 8pm on Wednesday. Jim Keddie, mail@gm7lun.co.uk

Inverness and District Amateur Radio Society has a net on Wednesdays on GB7BI or BI Chat 475 if Highlands and Islands is busy. This coming Wednesday the Club has meeting to discuss setting up the shack and the GB3BI VHF repeater. Invernessradiosociety@gmail.com

Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a ragchew on talk group 23550 from 8pm to 10pm on Wednesday. On Thursday there is a net on 70.425MHz from 8pm. Friday sees the club meeting at Newarthill Community Education Centre, Newarthill, ML1 5JU from 7pm. Simon, 2M0LSG, Secretary@mlars.co.uk.

THURSDAY

The Online Radio Club has a virtual radio club night at 7.30pm every Thursday via Zoom. It is suitable for all radio enthusiasts regardless of individual skill level. Go to the website for the meeting link. onlineradioclub.org.

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club and Dumfries & Galloway RAYNET run a Daily open net on GB3DG every day at noon. All are welcome. On Thursday, the net is on GB3DG from 7.30pm, then on Zoom from 8pm for a general evening. Oli, MM0YOS, info@gm4riv.org.

FRIDAY

Ayr Amateur Radio Group has a meeting at Prestwick Community Centre from 7.30pm. Derek, MM0OVD, 0742 899 4614.

Strathclyde Park Amateur Radio Club has a net from 7.30pm on 145.400MHz, and in addition on the BATC channel from 8pm. Bill, MM0SFB, gm0syv@btinternet.com

FINAL ITEMS

 

Radio Relic (Radio Astronomy)

The Astronomy magazine site carries a picture of the radio telescope built in 1937 by radio amateur Grote Reber W9GFZ

Grote Reber was a Chicago-area engineer and ham radio operator who sought, ——unsuccessfully, to land a job with Karl Jansky after the pioneering radio astronomer’s discovery of radio emission from the Milky Way ………… Read MORE

TX Factor – Episode 27 Available Soon

Extract off GB2RS (29th November)

Episode 27 TX Factor will soon be available.

In this latest episode the RSGB’s General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB explains how the Society’s positive response to the spring and summer lockdown helped to boost awareness of amateur radio in the UK.Steve stresses the importance of the ongoing work needed to maintain the impetus.

Bob, G0FGX and Mike, G1IAR get to grips with using an RF Shark openSPOT Hostspot for some mobile DMR action.

Bob visits Don Field, G3XTT at his new QTH near Wells to see how the editor of Practical Wireless created some simple antennas to swiftly resume his on-air activities. TX Factor episode 27 is proudly sponsored by the Radio Society of Great Britain and can be viewed at www.txfactor.co.uk.

Ofcom And New EMF Guidelines For Spectrum Users

Ofcom is introducing new licence conditions for spectrum users, to ensure their equipment continues to operate within international electromagnetic field (EMF) guidelines.

All use of spectrum generates electromagnetic fields.

There are international safety guidelines – developed by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) – that set the maximum levels of EMF exposure for protection of the general public. These levels are endorsed by Public Health England.

Manufacturers, installers and operators of wireless equipment should already be aware of the ICNIRP guidelines and factor them into how they plan their services.

To ensure this always remains the case, we proposed new conditions for spectrum licensees earlier this year. Following consultation, we have now decided to introduce the new licence conditions.

This means licensees using equipment that is authorised to transmit at power levels higher than 10 Watts must operate within the ICNIRP guidelines as a condition of their Ofcom licence – including keeping data and records of any testing to demonstrate their compliance.

NEW ONLINE TOOL

While most spectrum licensees should already be factoring the ICNIRP guidelines into their services, we will be launching an online tool (our EMF calculator) to help make it as simple as possible for people to check whether the use of their radio equipment is likely to comply with the guidelines. This will be available on a trial basis initially and we will take account of the feedback we receive before launching the full version.

NEXT STEPS

Alongside our decision to introduce the new licence condition, we have published a consultation covering the updated wording of the condition; our updated Guidance on EMF Compliance and Enforcement; and a trial version of our new online EMF Calculator. We welcome feedback to this by 16 November, after which we will then begin varying the relevant licences to include the new condition. We will also launch our finalised online EMF calculator

Colin M6BOY

Snips – News For Scotland – 13th September

The news headlines:

  • RSGB Online Convention announces two more great talks
  • AMSAT-UK Colloquium news
  • Six Metre Group AGM goes online

GB2RS Script – HERE 

CLUB NEWS ( Club NETS – HERE )

We strongly advise you to check with organisers before travelling, as events mentioned here may be affected by fluctuating pandemic precautions. Government regulations are changing rapidly and it is not necessarily the same across the whole of the UK. Above all, please observe all national or local restrictions, including social distancing and wearing face coverings where required.

We start by thanking Andy Hood, GM7GDE for his long service as West of Scotland GB2RS Newsreader on 2m and 70cm. He has now stepped down, which means there is a vacancy for a new volunteer to join the team. You’ll need to be a Full licence holder and a Member of the RSGB. You will also need to be equipped for 2m, 70cm and preferably also 4m, and have a good takeoff covering Ayr to the south, east out to the Lothians and north into Stirlingshire, plus good coverage to the city of Glasgow to the west. In the first instance please contact Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via email to gm.dept@rsgb.org.uk.

We also have volunteer vacancies for RSGB District Representatives in three areas. These are Glasgow Central & Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, and Borders. If you live in or close to these areas and would be interested in joining the RSGB Regional Team, please email RR1@rsgb.org.uk for more information.

Viking Amateur Radio Net runs daily from 5 to 6am on 3.770MHz. Details are on group’s Facebook page.

Ayr Amateur Radio Group has daily nets on 7.035MHz ± QRM at 10.15am, QSYing to 7.065MHz for SSB and 145.450MHz at 10.30am with CW on 144.295MHz at 7.30pm. On Sundays there a CW net on 144.295MHz from 7pm and 145.450MHz FM at 7.30pm. Contact Derek, MM0OVD on 0744 793 1941.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club has an open net today via GB3AG from 7.30pm. Activities for International Air Ambulance Week will also take place. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933.

Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz SSB, moving to around 3.540MHz for a CW net after the SSB net ends. On Tuesday there’s a net on 145.475MHz FM from 7.30pm. Contact Len, GM0ONX by email to Klarcinfo@gmail.com.

Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 10pm on 28.475MHz. On Wednesday it’s the DMR Scotland net on TG23550 from 8pm. Friday sees the club Zello chat from 7.30pm, which later moves to 2m. Details are at https://mlars.co.uk.

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 7.30pm on GB3DG, which usually moves to Zoom around 8pm. On Thursdays the net is on GB3DG from 7pm. Members are also invited to join the daily RAYNET net on GB3DG at noon. For details see www.gm4riv.org.

The Glasgow local lockdown means that West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society meetings are presently suspended. . There is a daily Net on  145.425MHz at 11.00am. Wednesday see a Net on 433.425MHz and Friday sees a net on 145.425MHz & Zello from 8pm. Please see wosars.club/radio-nets for details of all known club nets and activities across the region, compiled by RSGB Region 1 Regional Representative Tony Miles, MM0TMZ.

Glenrothes & District Radio Club has open nets on Monday to Saturday at 10am on 3.790MHz. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they are also on 145.425MHz at 7.20pm. Supplemental to the VHF nets there will be Morse training. Contact Tam on 07753 526 498.

Paisley Amateur Radio Club has a net from 8pm on 144.550MHz and Zello on Monday. Tuesday sees the club using DMR room 4415 at 8pm. On Thursday there’s a net on 144.550MHz and the Zello channel from 7.30pm.

Stirling and District Club is running web presentations live at www.youtube.com/user/GM6NX. There is a net on GB3FE on Mondays from 7pm. For details, email secretary@gm6nx.com.

On Monday Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio club has its net, starting on 433.525MHz FM at 8pm. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

On Tuesday Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society will either have a net. Wednesday sees a net on DMR Scotland channel TG23550 from 2000. Details from Cathie, 2M0DIB, on 01506 433 846.

On Wednesday Lothians Radio Society has a net on 144.350MHz SSB at 8pm. Details by email to secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

Inverness & District Amateur Radio Society has a net from 8pm on 145.575MHz and via GB7BI or GB7II slot 1 475 on Wednesday. For details, email InvernessRadioSociety@gmail.com.

The Lomond Club will be using MB7IBH on 144.9625MHz in the Dumbarton area from 7.30pm on Thursday and they will be also connected on EchoLink using the same gateway. More from Barrie, GM4HEL by email to gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

On Friday Strathclyde Park Amateur Radio Club runs a net from 7.30pm on 145.400MHz, and also on the BATC channel from 8pm. Contact Bill, MM0SFB for information.

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